Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

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TV, fireplace, DVD player, books
TV, fireplace, DVD player, books

Overview of Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

Entire homePrivate host

Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

4.9/5 Exceptional

Entire home

3 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor space
  • Barbecue grill
Near Chepstow, England

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationTintern Abbey6 min drive
  • Popular LocationClearwell Caves13 min drive
  • Popular LocationSt Mary's Priory Church17 min drive
  • AirportBristol (BRS-Bristol Intl.)64 min drive

Space details

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
1076 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    1 double bed
Bedroom 3
    1 double bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
Bathroom 3
    No shower or bath

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

Cottage in Chepstow with kitchen and patio
A beautifully restored stone cottage with private patio garden overlooking the stunning Wye Valley. This charming two-bedroom self-catering cottage has a master bedroom with kingsize bed, cosy living room with wood-burner, a light and spacious kitchen-dining area and a downstairs double bedroom. The cottage is 35 minutes walk from Tintern abbey and right on the famous Offa's Dyke footpath. It's the perfect place to find sanctuary from the modern world and to explore the surrounding beauty.

The space:

A 200 year old cottage which has been lovingly restored and modernised with an ecological approach - using natural, locally sourced and recycled materials.

The floors are underfloor heated and made from cob, using traditional and modern earthen flooring techniques to create a hard-wearing and beautiful floor that feels amazing to walk on. The stonework has been lovingly restored with traditional lime pointing and the roof with welsh slate. The kitchen is made from locally sourced ash slabs and recycled pallet wood, and combines rustic charm with all the modern appliances you would expect: fridges, freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer.

Two fold-out futons in the living room mean that the cottage has a capacity to potentially sleep 8.

The heating system runs off renewable sources and is powered by two large solar thermal panels on the roof and a wood-burning stove with back boiler. Please note that in cold weather the wood-burning stove needs lighting everyday and needs frequent feeding with firewood (supplied free of charge) to keep the cottage from getting cold.

The cottage is furnished with traditional Balinese fabrics and pieces of furniture from Joe's travels, creating an exotic, soulful and earthy feel to the cottage.

I live on the land adjacent to the house in a yurt and I am available when needed for help or advice.

Other things to note:

Due to the unusual nature and construction of the cottage, it requires some care to ensure it stays in it's best condition and as such it is not suited for party groups or stag or hen parties.

The cottage is heated almost entirely by renewable sources. This means that the heating comes from the wood-burner boiler (which requires frequent feeding in cold weather). There is a woodstore in the patio garden and firewood is included in the price of your stay. Solar Panels on the roof provide hot water all year round and there is also a portable electric heater and back-up electric heating system for the water (so theres always hot-water coming out of the tap, even on cloudy days and when the wood-burner isn't on.)

The master bedroom sits just above the living room, and the staircase leading to it is situated in the living room (which can be seen in the second picture of the living room) and has a curtain that pulls across. Due to the nature of the thin wooden floor that separates the two rooms and the curtain across the staircase, sound-proofing between the rooms is quite poor. Please keep this in mind when planning sleeping arrangements (especially if one of your guests snores!).
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.

Bathrooms include a shower and hairdryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Joe Pawson



Property amenities


  • WiFi available

Parking and transport

  • Car required


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Shampoo

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Wood stove


  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • In a rural location
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Cave exploring nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Ecotours nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 1076 sq ft (100 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession). EU consumer law relating to professional hosts will not apply to your booking. However, the Book with Confidence Guarantee and the cancellation policy set by the private host will cover your booking.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is required for transport to and from this property

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About this area


Located in Chepstow, this cottage is in a rural area. Caerwent Roman Town and Dewstow Gardens & Hidden Grottoes are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Forest Hills Golf Club and The Rolls of Monmouth. Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure and Chepstow Racecourse are also worth visiting. Rafting offers a great chance to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with cave exploring, ecotours and hiking nearby.

What's nearby

  • Tintern Abbey - 6 min drive
  • Clearwell Caves - 13 min drive
  • Chepstow Racecourse - 16 min drive
  • St Mary's Priory Church - 17 min drive
  • Chepstow Castle - 24 min drive

Getting around

  • Lydney Station - 19 min drive
  • Bristol International Airport (BRS) - 66 min drive


  • The Filling Station cafe - 6 min drive
  • The Piercefield - 10 min drive
  • The Bell Inn - 12 min drive
  • The Rising Sun - 13 min drive
  • George Hotel - 13 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Is Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat pet-friendly?

Yes, pets are allowed at this property.

What time is check-in at Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat?

Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.

What time is check-out at Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat?

Checkout is at 10:00 AM.

Where is Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat located?

Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Tintern Abbey and within 6 miles (10 km) of Forest of Dean and Clearwell Caves. Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure and Taurus Crafts are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 6 out of 7 reviews
5 - Excellent 86%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 7 reviews
4 - Good 14%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 7 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 7 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 7 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Beautiful area. The house was very nice and cosy. We liked it very much and looking to repeat.
Perfect for what we were looking for.

4/5 Good

Charming cottage in a beautiful part of the world
All was exactly as described. Well supplied, lovingly restored cottage.
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2018

5/5 Excellent

Cosy and charming retreat
Joe has truly created a peaceful haven with all mod cons. The parking was spacious, just opposite the garden gate which was a relief for unloading. The garden was mostly enclosed making it safe for our dog. (a larger dog could jump the front wall) The cottage was as described with a warm, homely feel to it. Very comfy beds and good shower. Everything worked well as Joe was attentive in an unobtrusive way. The location was perfect for us to walk with the dog and relax on the terrace when the sun shone. We highly recommend this cottage.
Stayed 4 nights in Apr 2018

5/5 Excellent

Lovely cottage very clean and cozy Fire and lights were on which made it very welcoming loved the interior very comfortable bed and brilliant shower recommend and will be back
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2017

5/5 Excellent

Beautifully crafted cottage in rural setting
We had a wonderful time exploring the Wye valley and forest of Dean with our friends, baby and dog. We were extremely happy to find such a beautiful and quirky property to accommodate all of us. Joe, the owner, was incredibly helpful, generous and very prompt at replying to messages. We would definitely consider coming back!
Stayed 3 nights in Nov 2017